The mission of the USA Pickleball Association (USA Pickleball) is to promote the development and growth of pickleball in the United States and its territories.


About Us

The USA Pickleball Association (USA Pickleball) is the national governing body for the sport of pickleball in the US and provides players with official rules, tournaments, rankings and promotional materials.

The association is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation and governed by a board of directors and professional staff who provide the guidance and infrastructure for the continued growth and development of the sport.

USA Pickleball Staff

Justin Maloof
Executive Director
George Bauernfeind
Managing Director of Marketing & Communications
Karen Parrish
Managing Director of Competition
Mark Peifer
Director of Officiating
Hope Tolley
Director of Recreational Programs
Linda Gartlan
Director of Business Administration
Dan Ellsworth
Director of Finance
Nikki Greene
Director of Member Services
Steve Stone
Director of Ambassadors
Carl Schmits
Director of Equipment Standards
Donn Paben
Director of Equipment Compliance

Department Contacts

USA Pickleball Board Members and Committee Responsibilities:

The Board is committed to further the growth of pickleball among players of all ages and characteristics. It will continue to provide the infrastructure for the development of the sport through promulgation of official rules, sponsoring and sanctioning tournaments and clinics, ranking players, communicating with its members via e-mail and newsletters, training of all levels of players, and otherwise promoting pickleball.

Phil Mortenson
Board Chair - 2020-2021
(Seattle, WA) Also serves as the Board Advisor for internal legal matters and external grievances. Also serves on the Nominating, Grievance, and Human Resources Committees.
Laura Patterson
Board Vice Chair - 2020-2021
(Winston-Salem, NC) Also serves as secretary of the Board and is also Advisor for the NCREC (referee) and Rules Committees and is on the Strategic Plan, Human Resources and National Indoor Committee.
Joe Santoro
Treasurer - 2020
(Wolfeboro, NH) Treasurer of the Board. Advisor Membership Committee and the Budget Committee.
Robert Quicksilver
At-Large, Communications - 2019-2020
(Bal Harbour, FL) At-Large Board Member and Advisor for Communications. Also serves on the Strategic Plan Committee and is co-Advisor on the Marketing Committee.
Ernie Medina
At-Large - 2020-2021
(Loma Linda, CA) At-Large Board Member. Also serves as Board Advisor for the Recreational/Training Committee and chairs the Health/Wellness Committee.
Stacie Townsend
At-Large, Business Development - 2019-2020
(West Palm Beach, FL) At-Large Board Member and co-Advisor on the Marketing Committee. Also serves on the Strategic Plan and National Outdoor Committees.
Philip Bullen
At-Large, Strategic Planning - 2019-2020
At-Large Board Member and chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. Also serves on the Nominating Committee.
Suzanne Guerin
At-Large - 2020-2021
(Broomfield, CO) At-Large Board Member and Advisor for the Ambassador and Ambassador Retreat/Dinner Committees.
Bob Franceschelli
At-Large - 2020-2021
(St. Louis, MO) At-Large Board Member. Also serves on the Strategic Plan and Marketing Committees.
Inclusion -  USA Pickleball Association

Since the establishment of the USA Pickleball Association (USA Pickleball), a core principle is that discrimination is prohibited. Specifically, membership and all rights of participation in USA Pickleball, including all tournaments and other events conducted or sanctioned by it, are and will be open to all persons without regard to race, age, religion, creed, sexual orientation, color, national origin, disability or gender. We will continue to implement this core principle in our mission as we develop and promote the sport of pickleball in the U.S.

Mailing Address:
USA Pickleball Association
P.O. Box 7354
Surprise AZ 85374